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A good quality lot from one of the oldest families in the Kona coffee trade. At light roasts a lively tea-like floral note with a hint of jasmine. It's a caramelly, balanced cup with silky body; at FC to FC+ roast levels flavors become more sharp and tangy, with aromatic cedar, chocolate oreo cookie, clove and cinnamon stick spice. City+ to FC+.
C+ : I like a lighter roast, ceasing the heat with no sign of 2nd crack on the horizon, right when the texture of the seed surface becomes smooth, even brown. You can also get a nice cup just a few snaps of second (FC+), but I find it takes a longer time in most roasters to achieve this level of roast. Set the roaster at a high number and roast manually.
Greenwell Farms is more of a coffee mill than a farm. They are one of the old coffee families on the Big Island, and they still have trees of their own, but they save all that for their own roasting operation. What they do is buy local coffee cherry from all the small producers in the Captain Cook area, wet-process it, dry it, mill it, and offer it under their brand. It's difficult to know exactly where the coffee is from, except that Greenwell seems to be very good at buying quality red, ripe cherry, and has some of the best milling practices in Kona. They know what they're doing ... yet buying Greenwell can be a bit "hit or miss." You just have to cup the lots and look for something good. And that's why you see it on our offer list every other year or so. It just depends on what samples I see and how they cup. Well, this time around it's a very early offering, rather than January or February when most of our small farm Kona coffees start to become available. This particular lot is really charming, sweet, mild, balanced, with a slight floral accent. This cup has a sweet dry fragrance, with a hint of caramel malt, and mildly floral in the light roasts. It really opens up when you add hot water, with more pronounced floral tones, caramel cookie, sweet malt grain, and, in the darker roast levels, soft milk chocolate notes. At City+ roast this cup has a lively tea-like floral note, a hint of jasmine. It's a caramelly, balanced cup with silky body, At FC to FC+ roast levels, flavors become more sharp and tangy, with aromatic cedar, chocolate oreo cookie, clove and cinnamon stock spice. Both roasts are excellent, with very balanced attributes and rounded mouthfeel.